Engendering Climate Change Impacts and Community Adaptation Strategies in Samburu Pastoral Communities, Kenya

Climate change poses a serious challenge to humanity’s survival. Millions of people are already being impacted by current weather extremes, which are jeopardising food and water stability, as well as agricultural supply chains and many habitats and resources. Climate change is increasing the frequency of these incidents, exposing extreme poor countries to greater risks than affluent countries. Climate change has an effect on both men and women’s lives in a variety of ways. Concerns are growing that climate change talks do not completely include affected groups, despite the fact that each of these groups is influenced by climate change in various ways. The effects of climate change, gender roles in the adaptation process, and various techniques used in a pastoralist society were all discussed in this article. The research was carried out in Kenya’s Samburu East District, using participatory methods and approaches. The study used a survey method in which 180 households were randomly selected from a homogeneous pastoralist community; gender and age were also used to select the appropriate household respondents during purposive sampling. We have used focus groups, primary informant interviews, life histories, and observation. According to the results of the report, climate change impacts were felt differently by men and women in Samburu District. Women were found to be more vulnerable to the effects than their male counterparts due to the community’s culturally gender constructed roles. The adaptation process revealed that women were more adaptable and had stronger strategies for resilience. The study concluded that gender must be mainstreamed in policies and legal structures that anchor Kenya’s adaptation and mitigation of climate change, ensuring that both men and women participate fully in burden sharing and long-term growth. The study found that ethos and norms are important determinants of impact levels in the social framework of a society.

Author (s) Details

Eunice B. Ongoro
Insitute for Climate Change and Adaptation, University of Nairobi, P. O. Box 30197-00100, Nairobi, Kenya.

William Ogara
Department of Public Health Pharmacology, and Toxicology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Nairobi, Kenya.

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